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    KAHN EDUCATIONAL GROUP, LLC; Consulting and Placement Services 6717 Vanderbilt, Houston, TX 77005 ____

    (713) 668-2609 http://www.educationalconsulting.com lkahn@educationalconsulting.com Fax (713) 668-4551

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

    Net News, Travel 2

    Music & ADHD 3

    Colleges and Students on

    the Autism Spectrum 4

    Boarding School/Friendly

    Apps for Social Success 5

    SAT/ACT Information 6

    Lindys Bookshelf 7

    New Years Resolutions for

    College Students 8

    Educational Resources A Newsletter of

    Winter 14-15 Volume 10, Issue 4 Editor: Lauren Williams

    What Your College Application Decisions Won't Tell You

    College Admissions Day/Boarding Schools Special Needs Summer Programs Crisis Intervention

    With many colleges releasing early admissions decisions (MIT will drop their decisions on 12/13/14 at 15:16), seniors are creating more parallel universes than the Matrix movies combined. This "what if" game is so intense, it's easy to think you'll know all about your future life, once the college says yea, nay, or maybe. Succeeding at that college Most colleges are receiving more applications than ever before--so many that they can't say yes to every qualified student. If you hear from a college this week and they deny or defer you, it doesn't mean they don't want you; it means that, like a good restaurant, they have more people that want to partake than they have space. That has nothing to do with you. If a college admits you this week, it means they think you *can* do the work--but nothing's guaranteed. Getting in is time to celebrate, but not time to put your feet up; use the rest of high school to take your academic game to another level. Your ability to have a happy life I could pull out data from studies showing where you go to college has nothing to do with average income, career achievement, or life satisfaction--but numbers just aren't that comforting right now. Instead, think back to a time in life when you didn't get something you really wanted. It was disappointing, it hurt, and for a while, you weren't sure what you were going to do. You then found Plan B, and realized that the opportunities it brought were just as good--or better--than what you had hoped Plan A would bring. If a college tells you no this week, Plan B awaits. Your value as a person This is the time of year when we believe, more than ever, that the right "stuff" will make us a complete person. When you see ads with people thrilled to get the latest smartphone, automatic vacuum cleaner, or big screen TV that's larger than a school bus, you can't help but wonder why we just don't buy one for everybody, since that is clearly the key to world peace. But stuff doesn't do that--and neither does a college decision. A yes from a college doesn't make you somebody; the work you put into earn that yes did that. A no from a college doesn't make you nobody; that happens when you decide their denial is a character indictment, instead of an opportunity to build a great life at another school.

    A no from a college doesn't make you nobody; that happens when you decide their denial is a character indictment, instead of an opportunity to build a great life at another school.

    Winter Checklist for High School Juniors

    Junior grades will say a lot about your academic performance. Study hard!

    Scared youll bomb the SAT or ACT? Make a test prep plan immediately to avoid disaster.

    Take your extracurricular activities to the next level.

    Millions of dollars of scholarships go unclaimed every year. Get scholarships for college by starting your

    search.

    Refine your choices of college by comparing schools and attending college fairs. http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/BFDD4D28/High-School-Junior-Timeline-and-Checklist/

    And that is absolutely wrong.

    Applying to college isn't easy, especially when you're still on two sports teams, taking demanding classes, and preparing for your last Winter Concert. But all the applications you completed, letters of recommendation you tracked down, and essays you wrote (by yourself--right?) are designed for one purpose only--to help a college decide if they should admit you. When it comes to other parts of your life, a college decision tells you absolutely nothing about:

    Either way, your worth isn't waiting in an e-mail that's going to drop on 12/13/14 at 15:16 o'clock. Your worth is within you, and it isn't waiting for much of anything, other than your recognition of its existence. Applying to college is a big deal, and there are a lot of people who love you for who you are. They hope it all works out for you when college decisions are announced. Whether it works out or not, they'll still love you for who you are. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-oconnor/what-your-college-applica_b_6309996.html

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    DIRECTORIES OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY WEBSITES www.allaboutcollege.com www.careersandcolleges.org www.college-access.net www.petersons.com www.collegeview.com/collegesearch/ www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/ www.mycollegeguide.org www.collegeconfidential.com

    DIRECTORIES OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES www.clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/ american-universities.html BY STATE: http://collegiateway.org/colleges.html www.collegeview.com

    TESTS AND TUTORING: SAT Info: www.collegeboard.org ACT Info: www.actstudent.org Princeton Review: www.review.com Kaplan Tutors: www.kaptest.com/tutoring

    Resources on the Web

    ON-LINE APPLICATIONS: www.ezcollegeapps.com Common Application: www.commonapp.org Texas Common App: www.applytexas.org

    SPECIAL INTEREST SITES: Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life- www.hillel.org Council for Christian Colleges and Univer-sities: www.cccu.org College Athletic Association (NCAA): www.ncaa.org Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco Athletic Coach Database: www.collegecoachesonline.com

    COLLEGE FAIRS: www.nacac.com/fairs.html

    As you know, my travel schedule

    takes me all over the U.S. to visit

    colleges, boarding schools,

    therapeutic schools and programs,

    and special needs facilities. I

    recently toured schools and

    programs in Florida, Utah and

    Arizona.

    While traveling, I do check my

    voicemail daily and will try to

    return all phone messages within

    24 hours. Thank you all for your

    patience.

    FINANCIAL AID / LOAN CALCULATORS: www.fastweb.com www.finaid.org/calculators www.nasfaa.org www.freescholarship.com www.college-scholarships.org

    GENERAL LD AND AD/HD: Assoc Higher Education & Disability: www.ahead.org ADD Assoc.: www.add.org Learning Disabilities Online: www.ldonline.org Learning Disabilities Assoc.: www.ldantl.org National Center for LD: www.ncld.org Council for Exceptional Children: www.cec.org International Dyslexia Assoc.: www.interdys.org

    ADVOCACY AND LEGAL: Wrightslaw: www.wrightslaw.com Disability access information: www.janejarrow.com

    TRAVEL NEWS

    http://www.allaboutcollege.com/http://www.careersandcolleges.org/http://www.college-access.net/http://www.petersons.com/http://www.collegeview.com/collegesearch/http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/http://www.mycollegeguide.org/http://www.clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/american-universities.htmlhttp://www.clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/american-universities.htmlhttp://collegiateway.org/colleges.htmlhttp://www.collegeview.com/http://www.collegeboard.org/http://www.act.org/http://www.review.com/http://www.kaptest.com/tutoringhttp://www.ezcollegeapps.com/http://www.commonapp.org/http://www.applytexas.org/http://www.collegefairsdenver.org/http://www.hillel.org/http://www.cccu.org/http://www.ncaa.org/http://www.bls.gov/ocohttp://www.collegecoachesonline.com/http://www.nacac.com/fairs.htmlhttp://www.fastweb.com/http://www.finaid.org/calculatorshttp://www.nasfaa.org/http://www.freescholarship.com/http://www.college-scholarships.org/http://www.ahead.org/http://www.add.org/http://www.ldonline.org/http://www.ldantl.org/http://www.ncld.org/http://www.cec.org/http://www.interdys.org/http://www.wrightslaw.com/http://www.janejarrow.com/

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    VOLUNTEER:

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    than 1.5 million individuals world-

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    For information on events, volunteer-

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    contact Renee Klovenski at 713-290-

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    UPCOMING Special Olympic Events

    2015 Regional Table Ten-nis Competition To be confirmed January 24, 2015 2015 Area Basketball Tournament Cy-Fair ISD Various Gymnasiums March 28, 2015 St. Johns Local Track Meet St. Johns School April 11, 2015 2015 Regional Tennis Tournament Homer Ford Tennis Center April 25, 2015 2015 Area Spring Games Competition Turner Stadium, Humble ISD May 9, 2015

    "Music exists in time, with a clear beginning, middle, and end," says Kirsten Hutchison, a music thera-

    pist at Music Works No